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8 Day Uganda gorilla & wildlife safari to Lake Mburo, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Park

Tour overview

This 8 day safari begins from and ends in Kampala or Entebbe-Uganda; it will take you to the western part of the country that is gifted with various wildlife species and beautiful sceneries. The main destinations in this safari are; Lake Mburo National Park which sits on an area of 371 sq km with a big number of Zebras and other animals such as antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, oribis and others seen along the lake shores like the hippos, crocodiles as well as birds (the park has over 332 bird species). Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to mountain gorillas and over 340 individuals have made this park their home, also it harbors around 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species and many more.

Also to Queen Elizabeth national park which known for its diverse wildlife species like tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, antelopes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water bucks, and chimpanzees. Also over 600 bird species many of these are seen during the game drives, nature walks and boat cruise. Kibale National park is home to 13 species of primate such as the chimpanzees, white and black colobus, olive monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, among others and around 300 bird species. In fact you will have yourself a great and memorable experience during these 8 days!

Day 1: Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park-Wildlife viewing

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park for a gorilla safari

Day 3: Mountain Gorilla trekking & Community walk- Bwindi Impenetrable

Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth via the Ishasha sector

Day 5: Game drive & a boat cruise- Kazinga Channel

Day 6: Morning game drive, visit to the baboon cliff & Departure to Kibale

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk

Day 8: Return to Kampala

Itinerary

Day 1Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park-Wildlife viewing

Our driver guide will meet you in Kampala or Entebbe at 7:00 am and will drive west of the country to Lake Mburo National Park having a stopover at the drum maker’s center called Mpambire and also at the Equator to take photographs. When you reach the park have lunch at the lodge and set out for a game drive through the park where you will take a great view on different animals like the Zebras that are found almost everywhere in the park. Later in the evening head to the lodge for dinner and spend an overnight
Accommodation options; Mihingo Lodge (Luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/Rwakobo Rock (Mid-range), Eagle’s Nest Lodge (Budget)
Meal options: full board

Day 2Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park for a gorilla safari

On this day at 6:30 am after your breakfast begin your journey to Southwestern part to Bwindi Forest, passing via Mbarara town which is endowed with beautiful landscapes, also you will see various rolling hills with terraces, it is such a great journey with all this sights. Upon reaching the park check in at the lodge of your choice and just relax there the whole evening as you get ready for the next day. Dine and overnight at the lodge.
Accommodation options; Buhoma Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Mahogany Springs lodge (Luxury), Silverback Lodge (Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp (Budget).
Meal plan; full board

Day 3Mountain Gorilla trekking & Community walk- Bwindi Impenetrable

Have breakfast at 6:30 am and transfer to the park headquarters with packed lunch where you will be briefed by the professional Park rangers. By 8:00 am you will be accompanied by the park rangers as you enter the mist forest to trek mountain gorillas. You might need a walking stick if you are not physically fit enough also considering using potters to carry your luggage just in case you have and you pay them a small amount of money for labor. Trekking may take between 2 and 8 hours and the moment you see and start interacting with the gorillas only one hour is given to you.
After trekking, return to the lodge to unwind and later in the evening take a walk in various communities such as in Batwa community where you will interact with them and learn a lot from them before you retire at the lodge.
Accommodation options; Buhoma Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Mahogany Springs lodge (Luxury), Silverback Lodge (Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp (Budget).

Day 4Travel to Queen Elizabeth via the Ishasha sector

Enjoy your breakfast and after transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park passing through the Ishasha sector which is home to tree climbing lions. The park has a variety of wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions, and many others. When you arrive have lunch at the lodge and go for a late afternoon game drive where you will be able to see the above animals and many more together with birds. Have dinner and an Overnight.
Accommodation Options; Simba safari camp (budget), Ihamba safari lodge (Midrange), Mweya safari lodge (luxury), Park View Lodge (Midrange),
Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 5Game drive & a boat cruise- Kazinga Channel

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will set out for the morning game drive in search for early risers in the Kasenyi area. The park has diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, rivers, crater lakes, forests, swamps and lakes. These are a home to various types of wildlife (big 4), Queen Elizabeth will reward you with views of animals such as lions, leopards, forest hogs, buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, Uganda Kob and other types of antelopes.
It is such a great and exciting time as you can easily see these animals closely. Later head back to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel which is home to various species like birds such as malachite kingfishers, pink backed pelicans, and animals like crocodiles, elephants, hippos and many more. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation Options; Simba safari camp (budget), Ihamba safari lodge (Midrange), Mweya safari lodge (luxury), Park View Lodge (Midrange),
Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 6Visit to katwe salt lake and transfer to Kibale

On this day, have a normal morning breakfast. After, drive to katwe salt lake and bird watching. Katwe salt lake is a crater lake situated inside Queen Elizabeth national park, an internationally important area of savannah that is home to a wide range of species. Several streams drain into the lake, but it has no outlet, so intense evaporation during the dry seasons leads to the water becoming extremely salty
The katwe salt lake tour gives our visitors a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for katwe local communities. Visitors also pass the nearby bird sanctuary Lake, home to thousands of birds including flamingoes from October to May. Then after, transfer to Kibale national park via Kasese town, have a stopover in Kasese town for lunch and after proceed to the park and check in to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Accommodation options: Ndali Lodge (luxurious), Kyaninga lodge (luxury), Chimps Nest (mid-range), Primates Lodge (budget), Chimpanzee guest house (budget), Kibale Forest Camp (Basic).
Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 7Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk

The amazing day is this; have breakfast early enough, leave the lodge for the park headquarters with enough bottled drinking water, where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. After briefing, embark on trekking through the forest at around 8:00am guided by an armed park ranger. Nothing is as amazing as having time with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You will also see other primates like golden monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, LHoests monkeys, bush babies, among others; you will also spot a number of birds.
After trekking, return and have lunch at the lodge and go for a walk in the Bigodi wetland in the afternoon. You will meet different people that stay there also will see different birds like the Great Blue Turaco and more primates like the bush pigs, otters, baboons among others.
Accommodation options: Ndali Lodge (luxurious), Kyaninga lodge (luxury), Chimps Nest (mid-range), Primates Lodge (budget), Chimpanzee guest house (budget), Kibale Forest Camp (Basic).
Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 8Return to Kampala

After your breakfast, leave the park and drive to Kampala via Mubende, where you will be in line to see beautiful scenic views found in this area. You will enjoy lunch still in Mubende and thereafter continue to Kampala. Your driver guide will either leave you at your accommodation facility in Kampala or Entebbe or take you to the Airport in Entebbe just in case you are having your flight back home.
END OF SAFARI

Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour inclusions;

  • A 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Accommodation
  • park entry fees
  • park ranger guide
  • meals
  • game drive fees
  • boat cruise fees
  • nature walking fees
  • Driver/guide that speaks English
  • Bottled water
  • Photography

Tour Exclusions;

  • International Flights
  • Hotel fees while in Kampala
  • Visas
  • Other drinks apart from water
  • tips given to staff
  • laundry
  • any other extra activities not mentioned above
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